Partner of the Year 2020


Join us virtually on Monday, November 16th from 4-5PM as we honor the Jolley Foundation! The Jolley Foundation has supported Public Education Partners’ mission for nearly 30 years, and its recent investment in our policy and advocacy work has been a game changer that will reap benefits for Greenville’s public schools and students for years to come. We are honored to celebrate their longstanding partnership and commitment in this landmark year in PEP’s history.

We are also excited to welcome keynote speakers, Dr. Clint Smith and Dr. Eve L. Ewing!

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Clint has received fellowships from New America, the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review and elsewhere. He currently teaches writing and literature at the DC Central Detention Facility. His debut nonfiction book How the Word Is Passed, which explores how different historical sites reckon with—or fail to reckon with—their relationship to the history of slavery, will be published by Little, Brown in 2021. He received his B.A. in English from Davidson College and his Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University.

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches, which received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year’s best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is also the author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, 1919 (Haymarket Press, 2019), the writer of Marvel Comics’ Ironheart series, and the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. In 2019, she received the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award. She is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues. Her first book for middle grade readers, Maya and the Robot, is forthcoming in 2020 via Kokila.

We have a limited number of tickets available for this event, so we recommend buying yours as soon as possible to guarantee a spot at what’s sure to be an inspiring afternoon!

If you are interested in being a corporate partner of this event and securing 10 virtual tickets, please contact our Director of Development, Kristin Garner, at or head over to and join us at the Scholar level or above.